—Movie Review: The Girl in the Café

In the beginning of the year, I signed up as a user on last.fm, one of these many social, web 2.0 web sites going around—this one about music. Last.fm has a little feature that tells you who your “musical neighbours” are. Naturally, I had to explore who was on my neighbour list, and I bumped into a wonderful blog called The Girl in the Café maintained by a Dutch girl called Ingrid, who lived in Aarhus, Denmark, at the time (and now lives in London).

From what I gather from her blog, Ingrid loves a movie called, also, The Girl in the Café so much that she had the wonderful idea of starting a dvd tour, which everyone can sign up for. I was so inspired by Ingrid’s blog, what she wrote, and her idea, that I simply had to sign up to see what this movie was all about. In order to participate, you have to write a review of the movie, and post it to your blog, so here goes:

Movie Review: The Girl in the Café

The movie takes place in England, where we meet Lawrence, a researcher for the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer. He is dull, lacks both self-esteem and self-confidence, and has nothing in his life but his job. One day, at a café, he bumps into a girl, Gina, who seems very shy at first. After this, they meet a couple of times, subsequent to which Lawrence invites her to a G8 summit in Iceland.

Once in Iceland, the movie takes a turn. Gina’s character is suddenly not so shy and she embarrasses Lawrence at several occasions in front of some very important people (presidents, ministers and their like). She ends up being escorted away and home, and he ends up losing his job.

That is the setting—and it is about as exciting as I have written it here. The only interesting thing is how two lost people can find love and happiness in a world like ours, but the movie is abused and turned into a political plot, where, according to the movie, everything is black and white—compromise seems like a notion the movie doesn’t embrace (or want to embrace). The political agenda steals the attention, and that’s a shame, because the story of the two people would have been much more interesting.

All in all, the movie is very monotonous, with an average cast (except Bill Nighy), which is not worth much more than 2 stars (of 6).

Read about The Girl in the Café at IMDb.

That said, I think the project is a wonderful idea, and I urge you to go to Ingrid’s website, follow her blog (which is very good) and sign up for the tour, so you can see and judge the movie for yourself.

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August 28th, 2006